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SDN Meeting-Holidaying on a barge plus Tom with his best mate Harley!

Make Thursday 8th March the date to join us at our next meeting. A warm welcome awaits you. Our meeting takes place at The Telford Whitehouse Hotel, Watling Street, Wellington, Telford TF12NJ.  1030am for refreshments and networking. The meeting runs from 1100am to 1300pm.

We have two special guest speakers. They are Peter Walters who will tell us about the Lyneal Trust. They have canal boats kitted out for people who have a disability, enabling them to enjoy a holiday or trip on the canal.
Our second guest speaker will be Tom Kane with Harley his hearing dog. Tom will talk about Deaf n Able.

We will hold our regular quarterly raffle and have SDN wrist bands for sale. By buying these you help us to fund our work. We will also have a table where you can buy items made by our members. They are all very reasonably priced and will help towards paying for our meeting.

For further details click here: or contact Ann, our secretary on 07398 350 255 or email [email protected] and keep looking for your email invitations.

Cash in the Community Shropshire

Breaking News: SDN -Cash in the Community application success

Chair, Ruby Hartshorn is delighted to receive and share with you this message from the Shropshire Star circulation manager Andy Maxwell,

“Congratulations! You are one of the lucky groups that has been accepted for the Cash for Your Community 2018 campaign”

SDN now needs all our members, families and friends to help us.

To receive a share of the £20,000 prize fund we need to collect voting tokens (minimum of 500), which will be printed in the Shropshire Star newspaper from March 1 to April 7, 2018.

The first prize of £5,000 will be awarded to the group collecting the highest number of in paper voting tokens, the second prize is £2,000 and third £1,000. Then the remaining groups in positions 4 to 35 will receive a share of £12k based on the total number of voting tokens they collect. The minimum prize awarded is £50.

How to get your tokens to us:

Please bring your tokens to the SDN meeting on Thursday 8th March at The Telford Whitehouse Hotel, Watling Street, Wellington, Telford TF12NJ 

Post to: Shropshire Disability Network C/O 26 Aldwick Drive, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury SY3 6BN

Soon, we will be announcing other ways that you can get your tokens to us. Watch this space. Thanking you all in anticipation of your support.

To read the Shropshire Star press release about choosing who they would like to support, click this link:


SDN to benefit from Waitrose Community Matters

This month (January 2018) Shropshire Disability Network has been selected by Little Waitrose, Pride Hill, Shrewsbury to benefit from a share of its monthly donation to local good causes. This branch is a smaller store (Convenience shop) so shares £500 between local good causes. (larger stores share a £1000 each month)

At the end of your shop, you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. 

By placing a token in the Community Matters box at Waitrose, Pride Hill, Shrewsbury you will be helping your community. Since Waitrose launched “Community Matters in 2008, the scheme has donated £14 million to charities local to its stores.

SDN would be grateful if you would support them by placing your green token in their box.


SDN Competition still open…winter scenes!

Thank you to everyone who bought and sent our Christmas cards last year. SDN wants to engage with their members and one way is to invite you to take part in a competition. Many of you will have artistic skills or enjoy photography so with another cold spell new opportunities arises. You may be hoping to snap a winter scene, or get the water colours, oil, acrylics or pencil out to create a design. This is your opportunity to get creative.

There are a few rules to enter our competition.  They are:

  • To take part, you must be a registered member of Shropshire Disability Network.
  • Entries accepted must be your own work:   photographs/water colour/oil/acrylics/pencil.
  • No 3D designs.
  • Submissions from Organisations and Professionals will not be accepted.
  • You agree that if your entry is a winning design, it becomes our property to be used solely by SDN for creating our charity Christmas cards, which will be sold to support the charity.

Prize: Two designs will be chosen by independent judges shortly to be appointed by SDN. Each design will be incorporated into next year’s Christmas Cards, which will be sold in aid of Shropshire Disability Network which includes Safe Place Shropshire.  The winning designers’ names will be displayed with our logos on the back of the cards.

So, get those cameras or your art materials ready.  We are bound to see some wintry weather soon.

SDN Management Committee will consider holding an exhibition of all entries submitted.

For an application form please call or text:

SDN Mobile 07780 852 229 or email [email protected] or

SDN Secretary mobile 07398 350 255  or email [email protected]

The form will give you details of where to send your entry. Closing date will be 30th April 2018.


Sales of SDN cards not only help with funding but by supporting us, you will also be helping to spread awareness of our work. While last year we raised more money at the Shrewsbury Charity Christmas Card shop, overall sales were slightly down. The bad weather early December when many events were cancelled probably impacted, however we hope giving you this opportunity to design a card, will help you and us.

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SDN rescheduled meeting takes place 25th January 2018

SDN Management Committee look forward to welcoming you to our meeting on Thursday 25th January 2018. Our meeting due to take place on Thursday 14th December but was postponed due to the bad weather.

Unfortunately the speakers we booked for December are not available but we look forward to welcoming

  • Laura Kavanagh-Jones to talk about the work of the fire service, especially around disability issues.
  • Our second guest speaker will be Gill George from Defend our NHS. This is particularly important with changes pending locally.

to Oswestry Cricket Club, Morda Road, Oswestry. SY11 2AY. The meeting starts at 11 am but you can join us from 10.30 am for networking and refreshments. For more details click here:

SDN Diary of events for 2018: SDN-Dates-Events-for-2018 -Master


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SDN Awareness Day at Princess Royal Hospital

Start Date:
28th March 2018

End Date:
28th March 2018

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Event title: SDN Awareness Day at Princess Royal Hospital
Venue: Princess Royal Hospital, Apley Castle, Grainger Rd, Telford TF1 6TF
Name: SDN Management Committee
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07398 350 255
Event description: We look forward to being back at the PRH to meet many of you for our Awareness Day. We will have leaflets. newsletters and lots of information about our work. This is an ideal opportunity for you to join our membership-it is FREE.

We are pleased that we are allowed to sell a few items made by our members at very reasonable prices. We always have a stock of second hand books.

All monies raised will be used to progress our work across the county of Shropshire to help people with a disability access the information they need, provide a website, newsletter & more. Much of our work goes unseen as all signposting is confidential. We are a small charity run by volunteers and doing a huge amount of work.

We appreciate this opportunity given to us by all at the Princess Royal Hospital and we look forward to meeting people from Telford and surrounding areas again

May be you are a member of SDN but have never been to a meeting, would like to join us but you’re not sure as you don’t know other members. If so, why not come to PRH to talk to us or volunteer for an hour or so, get to know one or two of us and we can tell you more about our meetings. If you would like to volunteer, even just for 1 hour, please contact us as it takes pressure off the three or four people who have helped previously.

No one will be left on their own, and we appreciate all offers of help. May be you have never volunteered for any organisation before, try it, it can be very rewarding and satisfying. If you would like to know more please email [email protected] or 07398 350 255 (SDN Secretary Mobile Number)

Schedule of Events for 2018: SDN-Dates-Events-for-2018 -Master updated